Men’s Rehab and Addiction Treatment

In the world of addiction treatment, single gender treatment is a good option for men who prefer to be in a program that provides treatment for men only. While recovery options can include women’s only and mixed gender treatment, men’s rehab focuses on the needs of men who come forward for addiction treatment and want to gain back the skills lost because of addiction. Recovery is a process that typically begins with time spent in a supervised detox facility to withdraw safely from drugs and alcohol.

Treatment Planning for Clients in Men’s Rehab

dreamlife recoveryAn individualized treatment plan will provide the outline of what to expect while in recovery. You will work with a counselor to develop a treatment plan and will provide input throughout your stay to make sure your treatment plan is what you need. If you believe changes to your
treatment plan are necessary, you should discuss this with your counselor.

A treatment plan allows you to know what is coming next when it comes to treatment. Using your treatment plan as a guide, you will be able to measure your success based on how close you are to meeting each goal. When setting goals, it’s valuable to be as realistic as possible. As you reach your goals, it is time to set new ones and continue your work towards even larger goals.

With a good treatment plan in place, you will be able to easily identify areas where you need to do more work. When you aren’t able to meet set goals, you will have the opportunity to sit down with your counselor and discuss ways you can change your treatment and behavior to meet the goals you have set for yourself. When you have a clear treatment plan written it’s easier to see how successful you are and determine where you need to make improvements.

Gender Differences for Addiction Treatment Throughout the United States

It is no secret that the United States has a growing drug epidemic, especially in the number of people addicted to opiates. The National Institute on Drug Abuse (1) reported in 2015 that men often show a more severe disorder when addicted to opiates or marijuana when compared to women. In addition, while 4 million women reported prescription drug abuse in 2015, the number was 5 million for men. Women tend to become addicted faster, while men are more likely to have a severe addiction problem.

A Growing Need for Gender Specific Treatment

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration reported in 2014 that it is important to consider gender when looking at substances of choice and prevalence of abuse. The study shows that women are more likely to report off-label use of prescription medication, while men are more likely to report alcohol and marijuana abuse. While the rate of substance abuse is basically the same for those under 18 years old, gender plays a major role once you turn 18. Men are twice as likely to have a substance abuse disorder than women, making men’s rehab a very necessary and essential treatment option for men in recovery.

Why Men Abuse Substances

Stress, pressure, and an inability to cope are some reasons why men turn to substance abuse.

Society: Boys don’t Cry

Societal pressure from a young age for men to handle their own problems can make it challenging for some to seek out a person to talk to when they have a lot of emotions. This can result in substance abuse as some men attempt to manage stress and continue working by using substances.

These problems collide, making it hard for some men to ask for addiction treatment help. During treatment, men are treated with respect and taught the importance of reaching out for help before an addiction gets out of control.

Some men began using substances by partying with friends in an attempt to socialize, others begin an opiate addiction after getting a legal prescription for pain medication. No matter how the addiction starts, healing from addiction is possible with the right treatment.

How to Identify a Drug or Alcohol Addiction

Frequently, there are signs that a drug or alcohol addiction is present. Many people tend to ignore the signs due to denial or a lack of information regarding what presents in addiction.

Indicators of Addiction

Some of the following are indicators that an addiction is taking over your life:

  • You plan your life around drinking or using substances and get angry when plans change
  • You are having trouble at work because of an addiction to substances
  • You have made bad decisions while under the influence of drugs or alcohol
  • You have tried to stop on your own but have not been successful

Identifying Addiction in a Loved One

If you are wondering if your significant other or loved one is hiding an addiction, this can be more difficult to pinpoint. Changes in behavior or attitude can indicate a struggle with addiction. If you notice strange behaviors, suddenly have financial troubles, or your loved one has had major weight changes in a short period of time, addiction could be the cause

Why Some Men Don’t Seek Treatment for Addiction

The misconception that addiction can be controlled if you are strong enough is a tempting philosophy for men discouraged from asking for help. For anyone who has tried to stop using drugs or alcohol by themselves, it is clear that stopping requires more than a strong will. Addiction is a disease, and not a lifestyle choice. Through professional treatment at a men’s rehab, addiction can be overcome.

Feel Isolated in Struggles

For those that feel embarrassed or alone in their struggle, they will learn just how common addiction is among their peers. According to the 2016 Surgeons Generals report, nearly 1 in 7 Americans struggle with a substance use disorder. Addiction is not something to be ashamed of, and the strongest thing anyone can do with addiction is to get the help necessary to begin recovery.

Treatment for Men in Recovery from Drug or Alcohol Addiction


Treatment for men’s rehab starts with supervised detox and continues through residential and outpatient-based services. Supervised detox is the first step, as this is the only safe way to remove drugs from the system. Prescription pain medication related deaths have risen 265% among men since 1999, lower than the more than 400% increase in women. (3). Addiction treatment for opiates and other addictive substances remains of vital importance. Treatment starts with detox and continues on in a variety of ways.

Treatment: At a Facility

If you don’t have a supportive environment to return home to, you can move through the recovery process through to a sober living facility. This is a program that offers you support as you transition back out into the community. You will live among your peers who are also working on recovery and you will get the guidance you need to get a job and become productive while out in the community. You will continue the work you have been doing while in residential treatment and you will have support every step of the way so that you can have a strong chance at a full recovery.

Treatment: At Home

Some individuals feel safe returning home after a period spent in detox. If you are not ready to return home, you can move forward to a short-term treatment program. Here you will begin to work on emotional and behavioral aspects of addiction. You will hear the stories of your peers and be able to share your own story as you feel comfortable.

What is Treatment Like?

In any treatment program, you will meet your peers and join a supportive environment. You will discover that people who are in treatment come from all walks of life and that addiction does not discriminate. As you move through your own recovery process, you will develop friendships that will help you stay on the right path once you return home. You will be encouraged to meet others and to learn new strategies to prevent a relapse once you are back in the community.

Relapse prevention strategies are tools or activities that help you maintain your sobriety. These can include attending 12-step meetings and working with a sponsor or going to individual therapy every week. You can take an exercise class or learn how to meditate in order to get your stress under control. Anything that helps you live a healthier life can be considered a relapse prevention strategy.

You Are Not Alone

As you move along in your recovery, understand that you are not alone. You have peers who are there to support you and treatment options when you don’t feel as though you can manage on your own. You can recover from an addiction, but you have to look at recovery as a process. When you look at your own sobriety as a day to day effort, the future is going to take care of itself. You are going to heal from your addiction, and staying sober is going to become easier for you.

When you commit to getting the help you deserve, you will soon lean that treatment can be empathetic and respectful. Help is there for you. You deserve to heal and you don’t need to heal by yourself.


1. The National Institute on Drug Abuse. Substance Use in Men and Women. January 2016.

2. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. Gender Differences in Primary Substance of Abuse Among Age Groups.

3. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention. Prescription Painkiller Overdoses. March 23, 2017

Article Reviewed by Lidice Morales

Lidice MoralesLidice Morales, an honors graduate from the Kaiser University, has made a name for herself as the Director of Nursing at several behavioral health facilities and as the Director of Operations for Detox MD. Now she is the VP of Operations at DreamLife Recovery. She strives for better patient care through constant self-improvement and furthering her education. Her steadfast work ethic and passion in the field has remained the most important aspect of her professional career; showing dedication to not only the acquisition of new knowledge, but also its mastery. Lidice believes that a professional work atmosphere fosters cohesion and malleability amongst herself and her coworkers; thereby increasing both the level of patient care and quality of life.

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